At the Berkshire County Community Corrections Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Phoenix House’s staff of 14 focuses on rehabilitation and relapse prevention by delivering substance abuse treatment, adult basic education and GED preparation, and vocational readiness training to offenders through both day treatment and intensive outpatient programming.
Under the direction of Program Director Kyle Schadler, Phoenix House staff recently completed the Walk with Me in the Berkshires program, a collaborative six-week community initiative encouraging Berkshire County residents to increase physical activity by providing pedometers and recording individual weekly steps to track progress. The 14 members of Berkshire County’s Community Corrections Center’s team ranged in age from 8 to 57 and completed 3,525,502 steps, equaling 1,762.75 miles! Probation Officer in Charge, Brian Alarie, literally walked mountains and ran his way to first place with a total of 359.99 miles. Sadie McConnell, the team’s youngest walker (and first place child division winner with 161.20 miles) found creative ways to increase her steps and reminded her mom, Substance Abuse Clinician Shannon Gallagher, to record them every week. The program was a huge success! Kudos to everyone on the team for “Stepping up” to improve their health.